Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has made it mandatory for all industries to provide 70% of the jobs to locals. According to a leading daily, the industries which were given land or other facilities by the earlier BJP government have also been asked to follow the new policy. (Also read: Kamal Nath Orders Probe as Farmer Receives Rs 13 Loan Waiver)

Principal Secretary, Department of Industry, Mohammad Suleman said, “The new industrial policy has been made effective and all industries who seek incentive and advantages from the state must provide 70% jobs to
local youth. We have not received any proposal turning down incentives provided by the government, hence all industries covered under this policy will have to mandatorily follow the rule.”

Nath even tweeted about it and said, “Vachan patra ke vadon par amal karte hue hamne rajya sarkar dwara poshit sabhi udyogon main 70 fisadi rozgar MP ke sthaniya logon ke liye anivarya kar diya (Fulfilling our manifesto promise, we have made 70% jobs mandatory for locals across industries facilitated by state government.”

The state’s new industrial policy was introduced in December last year. The Chief Minister will now hold talks with industrialists on February 19 over investment and job creation. Nath had drawn severe criticism for linking lack of jobs to migration from states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Soon after taking charge on December 17, Nath had said his government would put in place a new industrial policy. The daily also pointed out that Nath, who was recently in Davos for the World Economic Forum, met industrialists there and promised them a business-friendly environment in his state.

Chief Secretary SR Mohanty told the newspaper, “We plan to hold the ‘Invest Madhya Pradesh’ summit from October 18-20. The government has provided all possible assistance to investors to promote industries in the state and will hold one-to-one discussions to see it happening.”

According to the policy, unemployed youth will be registered at training camps and job fairs which the government would hold in each district. These youth would then be given a stipend followed by jobs under the clause in the policy.

The previous BJP government had offered to provide 50% jobs to locals during the Global Investor Summits between 2007 and 2016. However, investment wasn’t quite forthcoming. Meanwhile, industrialists were happy with the job rider. Industrialist and former state head of the PHD Chamber of Commerce Rajendra Kothari said, “There is no problem for industries to employ 70% local youth and there are ample opportunities to adjust manpower. The only hurdle is bureaucratic attitude and stubbornness. We consider Chief Minister Nath better to communicate with rather than bureaucrats.”